Below, I will list my FanDuel NBA Pivots away from the conventional, popular selections. Within each write-up, I’ll explain why that player is underrated and how you should approach them during lineup construction. These picks are meant to be utilized as leverage situations in large-field tournaments.
Best of luck!
Jeremy Lin – PG – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $6,500)
Lin has surprisingly been extremely efficient in his new home. The Nets are asking him to carry a heavy usage rate that ultimately boosts his fantasy potential. The only problem has come from reduced minutes in blowout situations. The Vegas oddsmakers have this home matchup vs Detroit as a four point spread, suggesting the Nets should keep this one competitive for the whole game. If that’s the case, Lin could see 33+ minutes with a high-upside performance.
Rodney Hood – SG – Utah (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
With Gordon Hayward out and Derrick Favors limited to begin the season, everyone was falling over themselves to roster Hood. Through the first week, he had three quality games and one dud. It seems that people are fixating on the dud and removing him from consideration. Hayward is still out, Favors is still limited, and Hood is still a quality fantasy option. The shooting guard position doesn’t offer a ton of bargain upside tonight, and Hood may be one of the better picks in that regard.
Trevor Booker – PF – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Trevor Booker’s fantasy prospects mirror that of his teammate, Jeremy Lin. Booker has been very efficient so far this season, but the minutes have been constrained by blowouts. With the Nets finally projected to play a competitive game, Booker could see 30+ minutes. That’s good news considering he has efficiently racked up 119 fantasy points in just 101 minutes this season. Even though the power forward position is seemingly loaded tonight, don’t forget about Booker while making multiple tournament lineups.
Trey Lyles – PF – Utah (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Boris Diaw has been ruled out for a second straight game. Derrick Favors played only 16 minutes last night, and he’ll likely continue to be limited in a back-to-back situation. That means Lyles should top 30+ minutes of playing time. He translated that to 31 fantasy points despite a tricky matchup with the Spurs last night. He has a much more favorable home draw vs Dallas tonight, and he could go over 30 fantasy points once again. Needless to say, I like Lyles in all formats.
Dario Saric – PF – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Saric produced 25 fantasy points in 31 minutes for Philadelphia last night. He’ll likely hold a similar role this evening, as Joel Embiid is resting and newly acquired Ersan Ilyasova is unlikely to play. Saric should see around 30-32 minutes of playing time, and he has the inside-out presence to do some damage. In fact, his rebound rate (and usage) could be higher with Joel Embiid not around to clean up the glass.
Mason Plumlee – C – Portland (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
I’m looking to Steven Adams at center for cash games. However, with Adams playing against the Clippers, we need to acknowledge the potential for foul trouble. In that case, Plumlee is a value alternative to Adams, looking at a pretty good situation himself. Even though Plumlee was disappointing last night, I’m expecting him to bounce back (and see 30+ minutes) in the highest projected scoring game of the night.